Dishes help Knights raise funds
A Knights of Columbus event this weekend had families at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church feasting while helping the Knights' charities.
The Knights played host to their second annual Casserole Carryout after Saturday and Sunday Masses at the church. Parishioners donated more than 46 casseroles to the event, and the Knights sold all of them.
"It's kind of like a bake sale, but you walk off with a dinner instead of a brownie," said Bill Butler, an event coordinator. "The families like it because they get a casserole that they have never had before and mom gets a night off from cooking."
Parishioners found an array of interesting dishes, from eggplant parmesan to reuben sandwich casserole - which featured ingredients commonly found in a reuben sandwich: sauerkraut, corned beef and rye bread.
The casseroles sold for requested donations of $5 to $15, depending on the size and ingredients. One of the more expensive dishes called for four pounds of pork loin.
Many parishioners bought the casseroles after the Saturday evening and early Sunday Masses, and by the end of the 10:15 a.m. service, only seven dishes remained.
"On these days it behooves you to come to early Mass," Butler said.
The Knights collected $495 from the fund-raiser, which will be used for charitable organizations such as the church's building and Catholic education funds, and local organizations.
Butler got the idea for the carryout from another Knights council during dinner at their annual convention.
"We tried it last year and it worked well," he said.